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/windows/system32/config/system problems. Cannot boot up xp pro

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Having serious problems with /windows/system32/config/system on start up. Seems XP Pro is corrupt. Please help

I started by wanting to reformat my HD but have got into a real mess.

My PC has been running poorly for a while. I suspect a virus or system problem. So backup up my files and went for a format and re install.

I dont have an original XP disk only a recovery CD from the PC OEM. is this a problem ?

I have dowloaded the six bootup floppy disks using my laptop. Tried to recover but get lost at the c:/> prompt in recover console.

I just want to wipe my HD (two x 160GB drives c: and d:) and reinstall windows XP Pro.
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Have you formatted the HDD? If so, you will need to purchase a copy of XP Pro to install. OEM disks normally rely on a hard drive partition containing information specific to that make and model of pc.
The boot floppies you downloaded will take you to Recovery Console, but if you have formatted the drive, this will not help.
If the error you report is generated by your original XP installation (ie. you have not formatted the disk) you could try this:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_20859867.html

What is the make and model of your pc? Do you have a recovery/restore disk, or an OEM Microsoft XP disk?
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just use the recovery cd, it will wipe everything.
if you want to partition, you can use a partition manager , like this one :  
http://www.partition-manager.com/home/personal/release.htm
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...but my guess is some thing is wrong with the hard, so i suggest some testing :
download ubcd , boot from it and run the ram test memtst86+, and also the disk test
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1st to kill the old partition
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;q103049
http://www.coxpc.com/delpart.zip

2nd reinstall the o/s
be sure booting from cd is enabled in your bios, then put in your recovery cd & boot the computer - follow instructions to do a complete recovery (reformatting & reloading).
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the answer is to use the oem recovery cd
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isherwen,
How can we help you to resolve your problem with zero feedback?  Unless you respond to the suggestions posted here, there is no way forward...
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Thanks all who have replied. I have been without my PC whilst it has been away being repaired by the OEM. It turned out to be motherboard failure. The OEM Engineer called and to my surprise took the PC away with him, so I didnt have time to let you guys know. All covered under warranty luckily.
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well then it is time for you to request a refund to close this thread, http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hi70

however you may not get one since you didn't stay active
http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hi51
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Please close this question.
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